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German lockdown extended 18 April

Germany extends lockdown till 18th April to break 3rd wave of COVID-19. Updated 2.30 PM

Germany is extending its lockdown until April 18 and calling on citizens to stay at home for five days over the Easter holidays to try to break a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel said today in a news conference that the country is now basically in a new pandemic. The British mutation has become dominant with very different characteristics, more deadly and more infectious.

Germany started cautiously easing restrictions earlier this month but the spread of more infectious variants of the virus has pushed up cases, prompting concerns that hospitals could soon be overstretched without further curbs. The number of cases per 100,000 people over a week stood at 107 yesterday, above the level at which intensive care units will be overwhelmed. 

Germany to enter strict five-day shutdown over Easter, says Angela Merkel.

Germany’s federal and state governments have extended the country’s shutdown until March 28th – but several relaxations of current measures are planned for next Monday. 

In a survey conducted by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of DPA, 34 percent were “very dissatisfied” and another 31 percent “rather dissatisfied” with the government’s handling of the crisis. 

By contrast, only four percent are “very satisfied” and 26 percent “rather satisfied”. Another five percent did not give any response. 

The federal and state governments want to speed up the lagging vaccination campaign. Staff at schools and daycare centres (Kitas) are to be given a vaccine at the vaccination centres with immediate effect, as was decided last week.

AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine is expected to be released soon for all age groups. Until now, the vaccine has only been approved for 18- to 64-year-olds, as Germany’s vaccine commission ruled there was a lack of study data for older people.

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), on the heels of a controversy over his ministry’s involvement in a face mask procurement deal, received even worse marks than the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU)

The harbour city announced Friday it was rolling back the easing of restrictions, as Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse have also paused the moveout of lockdown, as the infection scenario worsened considerably on Friday.

The city-sate of Hamburg has become the first German state to move back into a hard lockdown in light of rising infections. The decision is expected to mean that all schools and busineses which opened in recent weeks will close again, while personal contacts will be reduced back to one person.

Hamburg has had a 7-day incidence over 100 on three consecutive days.

“I fear that the situation will continue to deteriorate,” Hamburg mayor Peter Tschentscher said in a statement on Friday. “We are dealing with a very contagious variant of the virus,” according to Spiegel.

Bavarian leader Markus Söder confirmed that all cultural institutions, restaurants and shops will stay closed until the next federal-state lockdown talks on Monday, as the 7-day incidence in his southern state rose above 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Berlin, state governments also confirmed that no more easing of restrictions would take place.

Germany to enter strict five-day shutdown over Easter, says Angela Merkel.

By Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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